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Bad Moon Rising (#1 - D.I. Paolo Storey Crime Series) [Kindle Edition]

Frances di Plino
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*** SEMI-FINALIST for THE KINDLE BOOK REVIEW 2012 ***
*** FINALIST for THE PEOPLE'S BOOK PRIZE 2014 ***

One more soul is safe.

Brought up believing sex is the devil’s work, a killer only finds release once he has saved his victims’ souls. Abiding by his vision, he marks them as his. A gift to guide his chosen ones on the rightful path to redemption.

Detective Inspector Paolo Storey is out to stop him, but Paolo has problems of his own. Hunting down the killer as the death toll rises, the lines soon blur between Paolo’s personal and professional lives.

The D.I. Paolo Storey Crime Series:
Bad Moon Rising
Someday Never Comes
Call It Pretending
Looking For A Reason

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PRAISE FOR BAD MOON RISING:

"tense, fast-paced... gripping. A brilliant debut." 
Amanda Hodgkinson
New York Times Bestselling author of 22 Britannia Road

“sensational, a complete hit... truly thrilling... pure brilliance”
Bethan Townsend
Judging Covers Reviews

“read-at-a-sitting page turner”
Patrick Forsyth
The Woman Writer

“With memorable characters and a plot that keeps the reader guessing right to the very end, Frances di Plino’s debut novel, Bad Moon Rising, will more than satisfy any fan of good crime writing.”
Jo Reed
Author of the Blood Dancer series of novels

"Highly Recommended"
Crime Writers Reviews

"Enthralling... I couldn't put it down"

"Please tell me there's another Paolo book coming out soon"


Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 676 KB
  • Print Length: 285 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1908910402
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Crooked Cat Publishing; First edition (30 Nov. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007HH5H8O
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #120,080 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Frances di Plino, author of the Detective Inspector Paolo Storey crime series (BAD MOON RISING, SOMEDAY NEVER COMES, CALL IT PRETENDING, LOOKING FOR A REASON), is the pseudonym of columnist, editor, non-fiction author and writing tutor, Lorraine Mace. Writing as Frances di Plino gives her the opportunity to allow the dark side of her personality to surface and take control.


As Lorraine Mace, she is a gentler creature, being humour columnist for Writing Magazine and writing agony aunt for Words with JAM. She writes fiction for the women's magazine market, features and photo-features for monthly glossy magazines and is a writing competition judge for Writers' Forum.


She is a former fiction and non-fiction tutor for the Writers Bureau, and is the author of the Writers Bureau course, Marketing Your Book. She is also co-author, with Maureen Vincent-Northam, of The Writer's ABC Checklist (Accent Press).

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Superb Thriller 23 April 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Where to begin on this book? If you're expecting a comfortable ride through a routine police procedural, this isn't it. This is no Inspector Morse or Midsomer Murder. It is the gritty and graphic tale of a serial killer whose insanity is grounded in a twisted view of reality.

The tale opens with the brutal murder of a prostitute and as we work through the pages, savage killing piles up on savage killing and the killer leaves little trace of himself.

Enter DI Paolo Storey, a cop with more problems than he has a right to. If you're thinking the cop with troubles is trite, hackneyed, played out, think again. Throughout the tale Storey come across as harassed, weak and apologetic, but it's only late in the tale that we learn why, and with that knowledge we can forgive him all his foibles.

Suspects are lining up everywhere, but even as one after the other is eliminated and we think we have our man, there are twists and turns yet to come.

Ms di Plino's prose is simple and effective, making it easy to read; there is no flowery language to distract the reader from the story, and yet, for all that, it is nevertheless dramatic. Phrases like "a freight train hit him in the stomach" thrust powerful imagery into the reader's mind.

The science is well researched, but not overdone. There is ample crossover between subplots, and sufficient happening on every page to keep the reader alert and glued to the text, and the ending comes at breakneck speed, the net closing on the killer in a desperate attempt to prevent another senseless slaughter.

Do they make it?

You'll have to read the book to find out.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning - a real paget-turner 3 April 2012
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This book is impossible to put down. I read it really quickly and stayed up too late several nights as I raced to finish it. It's clever, accomplished and introduces an intriguing new crime detective in Paulo Storey. Like all the best crime protagonists, Storey is a damaged man. His eldest daughter is dead and his wife, blaming him for the accident, has left him. The only thing he's got left is his job and his relationship with his other daughter, someone who's dealing with her own problems right now.
The premise of the novel is familiar to fans of crime fiction - a serial killer is on the loose, savagely killing prostitutes on Storey's patch. What makes Bad Moon Rising different, however, is the plot. It really was a twist in the tale and I defy anyone to work this one out in advance.
I really hope this is the first in a long series of Paulo Storey novels. Cannot wait to read the next one!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Read 20 Mar. 2012
By Chris C
Format:Kindle Edition
Bad Moon Rising is an enthralling psychological thriller. With a villain who wouldn't be out of place in a Jim Thompson novel, and a wonderfully rounded hero, the author keeps the twists coming. I couldn't put it down - highly recommended.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An exciting thriller 16 Jan. 2013
By nanjar
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This was an excellent crime thriller. It was packed with opportunities for me to make assumptions which turned out to be wrong by the time I got to the last pages. Human frailties are exposed - those of the murderer, his victims and those of the investigating officers - sometimes in a sympathetic manner and at others with candid frankness. The novel's pace is consistently good and engaged my interest throughout; the skilful interweaving of secondary characters and sub-plots something meaty to concentrate on. Though the theme of ritual murder is not a new one, Frances di Plino's details of Detective Inspector Paolo Storey's own background lent the novelty I personally needed to gain real enjoyment from Bad Moon Rising, the small city setting making this story very credible.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
By L. H. Healy TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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Detective Inspector Paolo Storey is on the trail of a killer. As we meet him he is 'mad at the world in general, and justice in particular.' Several women's bodies are found on his patch and he is trying to piece together any clues to the killer's identity, but there is little left behind. His new partner, DS Dave Johnson, seems to have somewhat outdated attitudes to women and Storey tries to get a handle on this. We are also introduced to local Maltese criminal Frank Azzopardi, and the solicitor representing him, Matthew Roberts. Paolo is familiar with them both from schooldays together.

Meanwhile the DI has problems away from work; his daughter Katy, who lives with his ex-wife Lydia, is becoming troublesome at her Catholic school where she has begun to question the beliefs they are teaching there, and also Storey has history with Dr Barbara Royston, the forensic pathologist working on the bodies found.

Then we have the killer. A flashback to his childhood gives us an insight into how his troubled mind, and his own particular twisted reasoning for his crimes, has come about through strange practices at the hands of his mother. In his distorted beliefs, sex with the living is a sin, and he feels he is saving the souls of the prostitutes he abuses and kills, thinking he is carrying out the Lord's work; 'he could punish those he caught and deliver their souls to God wiped clean of sin.' Slowly, more of his actions and behaviour is revealed to us throughout the novel.

This is a very dark psychological crime thriller that grabbed hold of me right from the very first page with an arresting opening scene and kept me totally gripped throughout. I never wanted to put it down for long, as the story flows so well and kept my interest piqued.
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5.0 out of 5 stars New Star Rising
I was offered a copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review.

Bad Moon Rising is the first book in a crime fiction series (4 so far)featuring Detective... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Andy Angel
4.0 out of 5 stars A dark psychological thriller
A dark psychological thriller, this is the first book featuring DI Paolo Storey.
"Brought up believing sex is the devil’s work, a killer only finds release once he has... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Tracey Walsh
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
An other good book by this author, a must read book.
Published 10 months ago by sheila graveling
5.0 out of 5 stars Well deserved awards
The first of D.I. Paolo's crime series, a page turner. Frances Di Plino keeps one interested all the way through this book. Amazing story.
Published 12 months ago by Mrs A J Farrow-Wise
5.0 out of 5 stars A Chilling Plot Twisting Read!
Bad Moon Rising is the first crime novel (I think!) that I have ever read. But it is so far removed from the stereotypes of its genre. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Isabella May
5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping thriller.
This gripping thriller by Frances Di Plino, will have you turning the pages, wondering what's going to happen next. Nobody is safe in Bradchester. D.I. Paulo Storey is on the case. Read more
Published 15 months ago by S. J. Jones
4.0 out of 5 stars A great book and an intriguing start
This was thrilling - I finished the whole book in one sitting. I honestly didn't expect or predict the identity of the murderer, and I was glad that things actually worked out... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Emily Davies
5.0 out of 5 stars An accomplished debut thriller
Credible and sympathetic characters, a compelling plot with surprising twists and turns make this new crime story a gripping read. I look forward to further books in this series.
Published 17 months ago by Kindle Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply excellent
This debut novel is simply excellent. Frances de Plino takes command of the characters, the plot and the narrative in a measured, masterful way. Read more
Published 18 months ago by R. Nicholson-morton
4.0 out of 5 stars good story line but
very sudden end and lots of unanswered questions so left you with somewhat mixed feelings. Enjoyed all the different strands of the story and the way they came together. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Sally O
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